Zain giving more leave for mothers to promote equality and empower women

Four months of paid maternity leave with a flexible schedule for returning to work.
Women, Empowerment, Equality, Equal rights, Workplace, Employment, Zain, Society, Culture, Kuwait, Middle East, Diversity

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Zain has introduced one of the most progressive human resources policies in the Middle East region, providing new mothers with four months of paid maternity leave, with a flexible schedule for returning to work.

The new leave policy follows the creation of a chief inclusion and diversity officer position, to help drive empowerment initiatives that define, enhance and continue to cultivate a more equal work environment. 

The introduction of flexible working models has also been designed including six-hour work weeks for mothers with children up to four years old, and an optional compressed working week enabling working mothers to work more hours over a compressed week for an extra day off.

The announcement follows the hosting of the second annual Gender Diversity (WE) conference held in Kuwait in November 2018. There is also a goal of increasing female leadership positions within Zain from 14.5% to 25% by 2020, and evolving towards a gender diverse workforce. 

Since Zain’s WE initiative was officially launched in November 2017, accomplishments have included:

•  Female leadership, director and above increasing from 14.5% to 15.5% in one year.
•  Female recruitment growing from 21% of total recruitment to 29%.
•  The number of women at chief level increasing from 6 to 11.
•  33 high-potential female leaders identified to form the Centred Leaders programme.
•  61 Women Empowerment Ambassadors onboarded and tasked with action planning.
•  Zain signing up to the UN Women Empowerment Principles and communicating this to all 6,000 employees.
•  Introducing a Women Empowerment communications app, with 300 employees already using it.
•  Women’s Empowerment embedded into the board of director’s agenda and placed on CEO Scorecards.
•  Two talented women sponsored to attend MBA programmes at ESADE, Barcelona.

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